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Twins Vs. Tigers Final: Minnesota Wins In Extras, 2-1

The Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap to sweep Sunday's double header, 2-1.

Both starters picked up no-decisions in the ten-inning affair. Twins starter P.J. Walters allowed only one run on five hits and added four strikeouts in six innings of work. For Detroit, Drew Smyly lasted only 4-1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits in 78 pitches.

The Twins went down early after a Miguel Cabrera RBI double in the first inning gave Detroit a 1-0 lead, but Walters settled down, didn't allow another run and kept Minnesota in the game. In the fifth inning, Minnesota got that run back. Jamey Carroll grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and nobody out, scoring one but also effectively killing the threat. After five innings, the game was tied, 1-1.

Each team's respective bullpen pitched masterfully through the ninth inning, allowing zero runs and sending the game into extra innings. Facing Jose Valverde in the tenth inning, the Twins led off the inning with a Denard Span single. Span moved to second on a Ben Revere fielder's choice, and then scored on a Jamey Carroll RBI single.

Twins reliever Glen Perkins slammed the door shut, pitching a perfect tenth inning to close out the win for Minnesota.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.